Federal Judge Halts FDA's Warning Labels for Cigarette Packages

To the delight of anyone who would ever lay eyes on cigarette boxes a Federal judge has halted the FDA's disgusting new warning labels for cigarette packages in the name of tobacco company free speech. "District Judge Richard Leon sided on Monday with tobacco companies and granted a temporary injunction, saying they would likely prevail in their lawsuit challenging the requirement as unconstitutional because it compels speech in violation of the First Amendment," reports Reuters. When the images first came out, some people said they may not have actually worked, but they shocked, which, of course, was the point. The gruesome images were supposed to take up the top-half of both the front and back of the cigarette boxes. Justice Leon ruled: "The sheer size and display requirements for the graphic images are anything but narrowly tailored." The tobacco companies get their way, for now. Meanwhile, at least the rest of us won't be assaulted with hole-y throats and cancerous lungs at the CVS checkout line.

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